PDVSA

USA v. Ralph Steinmann et al: Criminal Complaint (‘PDVSA Corruption’)

Criminal Complaint alleging the defendants laundered the proceeds of corruption involving PDVSA in Venezuela in USA v. Ralph Steinmann, described as "a Swiss national who operated a European financial institution", and Luis Fernando Vuteff, described as a citizen of Argentina, at the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida.

USA v. Daniel D’Andrea Golindano et al: Criminal Indictment (‘PDVSA Bribery Scheme’)

Criminal Indictment alleging money laundering against two former prosecutors in Venezuela regarding an alleged bribery scheme involving PDVSA, described as "Venezuela's state-owned and state-controlled oil company", in USA v. Daniel D'Andrea Golindano and Luis Javier Sanchez Rangel at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida.

Lebanese Company for Financial Investment SAL v. Córporación Eléctrica Nacional: Complaint

Complaint for damages of $9.9 million alleging the default of Notes in Lebanese Company for Financial Investment SAL, of the Lebanon v. Córporación Eléctrica Nacional, as successor by merger to C.A. La Electricidad de Caracas, a.k.a. Corpoelec, described as being "owned 75% by the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela (the “Republic”) and 25% by Petróleos de Venezuela, S.A. (“PDVSA”), which is, in turn, majority owned by the Republic", at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

USA v. Jorge Nobrega: Criminal Indictment

Criminal Indictment alleging conspiracy to violate the International Emergency Economic Powers Act, conspiracy to commit money laundering, and money laundering involving entities in Australia, Thailand, and Venezuela in USA v. Jorge Luis Nobrega Rodriguez at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida.

USA v. Jorge Nobrega: Criminal Complaint

Criminal Complaint alleging conspiracy to violate International Emergency Economic Powers Act, conspiracy to commit money laundering, and money laundering involving Petróleos de Venezuela SA, a.k.a. PDVSA, and "millions of dollars of transfers on behalf of the Venezuelan Government" in USA v. Jorge Nobrega at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida.

USA v. Naman Wakil: Criminal Indictment

Criminal Indictment alleging conspiracy to violate the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and conspiracy to commit money laundering "by bribing Venezuelan officials to obtain and retain contracts and other business advantages, including obtaining payment on multi-million dollar contracts with entities and instrumentalities controlled by the Venezuelan government" in USA v. Naman Wakil, described as a citizen of Syria and permanent resident of the United States who used accounts "in the Cayman Islands, Switzerland, Panama, and elsewhere to promote the illegal bribery scheme and to conceal the nature and purpose of the proceeds", at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida.

LS Energia Inc. et al v. Corporacion Electrica Nacional SA et al: Complaint

Complaint "to recover an amount in excess of US$ 1.7 million, plus interest" alleging breach of contract and unjust enrichment in LS Energia Inc., of Florida, and LS Energia Inc., of Panama v. Corporación Eléctrica Nacional SA, described as "a subsidiary entity of a ministry of the government of Venezuela"; Petróleos de Venezuela SA, a.k.a. PDVSA, described as "the Venezuelan state-owned oil and natural gas company", and Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida.

USA v. Natalino D’Amato: Criminal Indictment

Criminal Indictment alleging money laundering regarding Petróleos de Venezuela SA, a.k.a. PDVSA, "the state-owned and state-controlled oil company of Venezuela" in USA v. Natalino D'Amato, described by the U.S. Department of Justice as a dual citizen of Venezuela and Italy who, inter alia, "owned and controlled a Nevis-based corporation called Kronos Enterprises Corp.", at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida.

USA v. Sargeant Marine Inc.: Criminal Information

Criminal Information alleging violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act involving, inter alia, Asphalt Trading, of the Bahamas; Petróleo Brasileiro S.A., a.k.a. Petrobras, of Brazil; Petroleos de Venezuela S.A., a.k.a. PDVSA, of Brazil; Empresa Publica de Hidrocarburos del Ecuador, of Ecuador, and Daniel Sargeant in USA v. Sargeant Marine Inc., described as "an asphalt company" based in Boca Raton, Florida, at the U. S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York.

USA v. Sargeant Marine Inc.: Plea Agreement

Plea Agreement regarding alleged violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act involving, inter alia, Asphalt Trading, of the Bahamas; Petróleo Brasileiro S.A., a.k.a. Petrobras, of Brazil; Petroleos de Venezuela S.A., a.k.a. PDVSA, of Brazil; Empresa Publica de Hidrocarburos del Ecuador, of Ecuador, and Daniel Sargeant in USA v. Sargeant Marine Inc., described as "an asphalt company" based in Boca Raton, Florida, at the U. S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York.

USA v. ‘PetroSaudi v. PDVSA’ Arbitration Funds: Forfeiture Complaint

Forfeiture Complaint regarding "assets involved in and traceable to an international conspiracy to, among other things, launder money misappropriated from 1Malaysia Development Berhad ("1MDB"), a strategic investment and development company wholly-owned by the government of Malaysia" in USA v. All Funds Held in Escrow by Clyde & Co. in the United Kingdom as Damages for Restitution in 'PetroSaudi Oil Services (Venezuela) Ltd. v. PDVSA Servicios S.A. et al' UNCITRAL Arbitration at the U. S. District Court for the Central District of California.

USA v. Jose Luis de Jongh Atencio: Criminal Indictment

Criminal Indictment alleging money laundering involving, inter alia, Petróleos de Venezuela SA, a.k.a. PDVSA; Citgo Petroleum Corporation, and bank accounts in Panama and Switzerland in USA v. Jose Luis de Jongh Atencio, described as a citizen of Venezuela and the United States, at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas.

CITGO Petroleum Corp. v. Petroleum Logistics Service Corp. et al: Complaint

Complaint alleging "a conspiracy of illegal bribery and other criminal acts" regarding Petróleos de Venezuela SA in CITGO Petroleum Corporation, of Delaware v. Petroleum Logistics Service Corp., of Panama, and Jose Manuel Gonzalez Testino, described as "a dual United States and Venezuelan citizen", at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas.

PDV USA Inc. v. Interamerican Consulting Inc.: Complaint

Complaint "to recover the $15 million (plus interest) it has already paid Defendant" in PDV USA Inc., a Delaware-domiciled subsidiary of Petróleos de Venezuela SA, a.k.a. PDVSA, a "state-owned oil and natural gas company of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela" v. Interamerican Consulting Inc., described as "a company incorporated in the State of Florida by former U.S. Congressman David Rivera", at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Novoship (UK) Ltd. v. Harry Sargeant III. et al: Discovery Application

Ex Parte Application by Novoship (UK) Limited to take discovery from Harry Sargeant Jr., Harry Sargeant III, Daniel Sargeant, James Sargeant, Sargeant Marine Inc., International Oil Trading Company LLC, and Berger Singerman LLP for use in legal proceedings in England filed against Novoship (UK) Limited and others by Maroil Trading Inc. and Sea Pioneer Shipping Corporation, described as "entities beneficially owned and controlled by Venezuelan businessman Wilmer Ruperti", against Novoship (UK) Limited, Cally Shipholdings Inc., Vital Shipping Corporation, Dainford Navigation Inc., Tamara Shipholdings SA, and Tuscany Maritime SA, and by those defendants against Burford Capital (UK) Limited and Daniel Hall, filed at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida.

USA v. Leonardo Santilli: Criminal Complaint

Criminal Complaint alleging money laundering regarding the alleged proceeds of bribery and corruption involving Petróleos de Venezuela, SA, a.k.a. PDVSA, described as "Venezuela's state-owned and state-controlled oil company", in USA v. Leonardo Santilli, described as "a Venezuelan and Italian citizen", at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida.

USA v. Maikel Jose Moreno Perez: Criminal Complaint

Criminal Complaint alleging money laundering regarding the proceeds of corruption and involving, inter alia, bank accounts in Austria and Switzerland and companies in Belize and Panama in USA v. Maikel Jose Moreno Perez, described as the "President of the Supreme Tribunal in Venezuela", at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida.

Liechtenstein: Matthias Krull

Application for the appointment of a Commissioner to collect evidence from Bank of New York and JPMorgan Chase Bank regarding accounts in the names of Portmann Capital Management Limited and Solar Cargo CA - pursuant to a request for judicial assistance from Liechtenstein - for a criminal investigation into Matthias Krull for suspected money laundering involving Petroleos de Venezuela SA, a.k.a. PDVSA.

Inversiones Lugon 48 v. Equinor US Operations LLC et al: Discovery Application

Application by Inversiones Lugon 48, of Venezuela, to take discovery from Equinor US Operations LLC, described as Texas-based subsidiary of "a publicly traded Norwegian corporation"; Miguel Strauss, and Carlos Izquierdo for use in legal proceedings in Venezuela, filed at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas.

Petróleos de Venezuela SA et al v. MUFG Union Bank NA et al: Complaint

Complaint in Petroleos de Venezuela SA, of Venezuela; PDVSA Petróleo SA, of Venezuela, and PDV Holding Inc., of Delaware v. MUFG Union Bank NA, of California, and GLAS Americas LLC, described as a New York company based in England, at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Isaac Industries Inc. v. Petroquimica de Venezuela SA et al: Complaint

Complaint in Isaac Industries Inc., of Florida, v. Petroquimica de Venezuela SA, of Venezuela; Bariven SA, of Venezuela; PDVSA Services BV, of the Netherlands, and Petroleos de Venezuela SA, of Venezuela, at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida.

OI European Group BV v. Venezuela et al: Complaint

Complaint in OI European Group BV v. The Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, Petróleos de Venezuela, SA, PDV Holding, Inc., CITGO Holding, Inc., CITGO Petroleum Corporation, GLAS Americas LLC, in its capacity as collateral trustee, MUFG Union Bank, NA, in its capacity as indenture trustee, Rosneft Trading, SA, Orlando Chacin, Jesus Luongo, Anton Castillo, Eulogio Del Pino, and Maria Del Carmen Martinez at the U. S. District Court for the District of Delaware.

Italy: Loredana Pernici

Application for the appointment of a Commissioner - pursuant to a request for judicial assistance from Italy - to collect evidence for a criminal investigation into Loredana Pernici for suspected corruption involving public officials in Venezuela.

PDV Insurance Company Ltd.: Chapter 15 Petition

Chapter 15 Petition for Recognition of a Foreign Main Proceeding in Bermuda by Rachelle Frisby and John Johnston, as the Foreign Representatives of PDV Insurance Company Ltd., at the U. S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York.

USA v. Francisco Convit Guruceaga et al: Criminal Complaint

Criminal complaint in USA v. Francisco Convit Guruceaga, Jose Vincente Amparan Croquer, Carmelo Urdaneta Aqui, Abraham Edgardo Ortega, Gustavo Adolfo Hernandez Frieri, Hugo Andre Ramalho Gois, Matthias Krull, and Marcelo Federico Gutierrez Acosta y Lara at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida.

New Zealand Superannuation Fund et al v. Novo Banco S.A.: Complaint

Complaint in Guardians of New Zealand Superannuation, as manager and administrator of the New Zealand Superannuation Fund, of New Zealand; Andorra Gestió Agricol Reif, S.A.U. S.G.O.I.C., of Andorra; APWIA Fund SPC Ltd., of the British Virgin Islands; Olifant Fund Ltd., FYI Ltd., FFI Fund Ltd., Elliott International L.P., all of the Cayman Islands; The Liverpool Limited Partnership, of Bermuda; Karrick Limited, of Guernsey; GL Europe Luxembourg Sarl, Silver Point Luxembourg Platform Sarl, both of Luxembourg, and TDC Pensionskasse, of Denmark v. Novo Banco S.A., of Portugal, at the High Court of Justice, in England.

Latin America Round Up: January 12, 2009

ARGENTINA Tax Plan sets off alarm An Argentine plan to increase tax revenue and revive the economy, with a no questions asked policy, is being criticized because it could create opportunities for money laundering. With capital flight estimated at $20

Stanford Group sued by alleged fraud victims

Antigua based Stanford International Bank Ltd. and a Miami affiliate are being sued in Florida by victims of an alleged investment scam known in Venezuela as ‘La Vuelta' (‘The Return').A civil complaint was filed at the U. S. District Court